Burke: Delaying senior career the right call

USUALLY players are castigated for turning down the chance to play for the senior county team. It becomes a death knell for their career and the controversy usually doesn’t relent.

But when Galway’s David Burke did just that when he was minor, he was congratulated. The Tribesmen had rushed players through before and some of their greatest stars burnt out too early and now he is feeling the benefits.

“Definitely yeah,” he said.

“If I had went in I’d be sick of hurling at this stage. I would have been hurling U21 that time as well and club U21 hurling. You take all that into account as well. Definitely coming in last year was probably the right idea.”

His team-mate Joe Canning set the precedent in the county but while it worked, David doesn’t think the same theory would apply to everyone.

“It depends on the player too. Cha Fitzpatrick was only 19 and he came in and played in an All-Ireland final.

“It depends on the player. If the lads are hurling for their club senior team when they’re 16, 17, 18 years of age, it can put a lot of pressure on them coming into the senior then when they’re 19 so that’s why they take the break off from something like that.”

For now though, they must concentrate on Westmeath and they will be using the game to cancel out the inconsistencies of their game.

Burke said: “We’re starting slow and we’re finishing slow, it’s kind of in the middle part of the game we’re going well. We had one downer against Tipperary where we stalled altogether but we’re trying to start well, get our game up to scratch and start well and finish the last 10 minutes strongly.

“I remember in college we used to use UCC as a ploy. We’d copy them. They’d stay at 90% or whatever, as high as they could for the whole lot of the game. Try and keep it at the same level the whole 60 minutes. That’s what we’re trying to do in college now.”

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